Fantasia Barrino: “This Is Me”

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West Coast Hip-Hop

/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} WEST COAST HIP-HOP FROM 2010-2020 By Jaden Hunter and Corinne Adams /*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Modern-day west coast rappers uphold the same standards set by legends such as Snoop Dogg, Eazy E, and […]

Emo Rap

Emo Rap originated on SoundCloud in the mid-2010s and is a fusion of hip hop and emo music. It started with the artist Bones, who is credited with the formation of emo rap along with trap metal. This style of rap is a mix of hip hop characteristics such as beats and rapping, with lyrics, […]

Bruno Mars- Artist Project Outline

By Christine Bynum SMUS-240- 04 Bruno Mars “Born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette (“Bernie”), was a singer. Mars received his nickname, “Bruno,” while he was still a […]


CIARA Who is Ciara? Ciara Princess Wilson (aka Ciara) was born on October 25, 1985 in Fort Hood, TX. Ciara does it all. She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and model. Ciara has made her mark in the contemporary R&B/pop music scene. Aside from her music, many adore her dancing skills, loveable personality, and […]

Esperanza Spalding

Women in jazz do not always get the credit they deserve, but the women who do make their way in this male-dominated industry have just as significant an impact as their male counterparts; bassist, vocalist, and composer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding being one of them. As one of the few active and mainstream black female artists in […]

Egomaniac or Hip Hop Genius? The Controversial Side of Hip-Hop

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Jonathan McReynolds: Transparency Is The Best Policy

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Who is Jonathan McReynolds? Jonathan Caleb McReynolds was born September 17, 1989 in Chicago Illinois. Raised by a single mother and a very supportive church, New Original Church of God in Christ, he would soon become a Grammy-award winning African-American Urban […]

Mary J. Blige: Queen of Hip-Hop R&B

Bibliography Macpherson, Alex. “Mary J Blige on Drugs, Abusive Relationships and Self-Hatred.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1 Feb. 2008,  “Mary J. Blige.”, A&E Networks Television, 8 Jan. 2020,  “Mary J Blige: Bio.” Mary J Blige | Bio,  Pelton, Tristan Michael. “Mary J. Blige (1971- ).” Welcome to Blackpast •, […]

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig The Carolina Chocolate Drops is an American Folk band founded in Bonne, North Carolina, in 2005. This African American folk band included three-members: Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, and Justin Robinson, then Hubby Jenkins and Leyla McCalla. The all-black band focused on bluegrass, country, and blues. These genres were originated […]

Mumble Rap Group Presentation

Mumble Rap Group Presentation Amaia Calhoun Link to Mumble Rap Group Presentation:  

A New Perspective: David Banner

David Banner: What’s Changed? What was David Banner Doing Before? Before David Banner became educated on African American politics and being woke, he was very involved in gangsta rap. Songs like “Get Like Me” and “Like a Pimp” were on billboards in the early 2000s. Like other gangsta rap music, he rapped about drugs, money, […]

Technology in Music

Behind The Music Jaden Richards Technology is one of the fastest growing industries in America. It is also the main method of producing music of the 2010s. Beats and instrumentals are no longer created with real musical instruments. The popularity of live bands has decreased tremendously because this generation would much rather prefer a DJ.  […]

The Transformation Era

The Transformation Era BY: KEELY ONGOS-COLE Believe it or not but hip-hop did not start dominating sales until the late 2010s. In the 2017, hip-hop started making its way to the top when eight of the year’s Top 10 artists were hip-hop influenced.  Hip-hop was a considered a cultural movement and the backing music for […]

Black Music: A Continued Form of Resistance

Black Music: A Continued Form of Resistance Amaia Calhoun 2010s post African American music and artists made many strides in the 2010s in the genres of rap, R&B, neo soul and pop, just to name a few. One major trend in black music of this decade is the increasing number of albums and singles protesting […]

It’s more than Just Sex.

Its More Than Just Sex An evolution of female rappers that revolutionized the game in the 2010’s.  For so long the rap and hip-hop scene has been dominated by males. The shape of hip-hop as a genre has morphed and changed over the decade and as a result so have those that have chosen to […]

Black Girl Magic

Brown Skin Girl Previous Next #BlackGirlMagic. #BlackGirlsRock. #MelaninPoppin. #BlackBeauty.  These are just a few of the hashtags that have been used in the last decade to describe Black Women. Not only have these hashtags been used in social media images such as Instagram and Twitter but they have also been used in music. The hip-hop […]